Sunday, April 05, 2009

Making a Difference

How often have you heard, we are only one couple, how can we do anything that matters? The short answer is, much more than you think.

Last Saturday Ruth and I attended a fundraiser to purchase a tri-county Red Cross Disaster Trailer. John and Vicki Jenks held the event in their home near Wild Rose. Two events really, 51 attended the first, 49 the second. John and Vicki retired to the Wild Rose area a few years ago, and they are making a difference in the community (John is a graduate of Wild Rose High School, Vicki is from North Dakota). They are demonstrating that one couple, with the help of some friends, can make an enormous difference.

John and Vicki are professional musicians. They performed for the crowd as did several of their musician friends—everything from country western, polkas and show tunes to classical pieces.

People came from all around, Madison, Markesan, Wautoma, Stevens Point, Coloma and of course Wild Rose.

The event raised a bunch of money, too. With a positive attitude, some enthusiasm, a can-do spirit, and friends, big things can happen.

THE OLD TIMER SAYS: (Borrowed from Edgar Guest)

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But, he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn’t," but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.


April 17, 9:15 A.M. Jefferson County History and Historic Preservation Conference, Hoard Museum, Fort Atkinson. “Lighter Side of Country Living.”

April 18, 1:45 P.M. Fox Cities Book Festival. Little Chute Public Library. Old Farm: A History.

April 19, 1:00 P.M. Historic Point Basse, Nekoosa. Old Farm: A History

April 23, 7:00 P.M. Richfield Historical Society. Richfield Town Hall. Lighter Side of
Country Living.

April 25, 1:30 P.M. Books and Company, First Congregational Church of Christ, 815 S. Concord Rd. Oconomowoc. Old Farm A History.

April 27, 6:30 P.M. Lake Geneva Public Library. Old Farm: A History.

May 1, 9:30 A.M. WEAC-Retired, Sheraton Hotel, Madison. Stories From the Land.

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